GPS measures Nelson's unofficial record paddle at 151.88 miles


Bellingham padler Brandon Nelson unofficially paddled 151.88 miles around Lake Padden according to the GPS tracking systems he had on his boat on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 20-21, according to Western Washington University Environmental Studies Department chairman Michael Medler.

That distance represents more than a mile and a half more than the previous Guinness world record for the farthest distance traveled on flat water in a canoe or kayak in a 24-hour period (150.34 miles), which was set by Carter Johnson in 2006 on Lake Merced in California.

Nelson's mark still needs to be certified as an official world record by Guinness, something that could be completed by next week.

Medler was in charge of making sure Nelson's team had functioning GPS equipment to accurately measure the distance his Surfski traveled during the event.

Nelson completed 87 full circuits of the lake and approximately two-thirds of another lap during his 24-hour paddle.

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